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Written by Lauren Vandenbroek
Akron Racers Draft Pick #3, Lexy Bennett, #51, Shortstop, University of Texas
Lexy Bennett and the No. 6 Texas Longhorns (46-11, 16-8 Big 12) played Northwestern, Auburn and Houston this past weekend at the NCAA Austin Regional. The Texas Longhorns won four games out of five.
In the first game the Longhorns lost 2-0 against Northwestern; on Saturday they redeemed themselves and won 6-1 against Auburn and run-ruled Houston 10-1. The Longhorns ended the weekend by beating Northwestern 5-0 in both games on Sunday.
The Longhorns started off Saturday’s game against Auburn with a single run at the bottom of the first. With one out, Bennett hit a solo home run, her 11th of the season and 34th of her career.
During Sunday’s first game against Northwestern, Lexy Bennett singled with one out in the bottom of the first and Nadia Taylor sent one over the wall sending Bennett home and leaving the Longhorns in the lead 2-0. Bennett went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
The Longhorns will advance to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional.
Akron Racers Draft Pick #7, Hillary Bach, #10, Pitcher, Arizona State University
Hillary Bach and the No. 2 Arizona State Sun Devils (49-8, 18-4 Pac-12) played Long Island Brooklyn and Syracuse this past weekend. The Sun Devils won three games out of four. Bach pitched the first game against Long Island Brooklyn. She played five innings, walked two players and only allowed two hits with zero runs. Arizona State won 9-0. The Devils will advance to the second round of NCAA Championship play, hosting the Super Regional next weekend against Louisiana Lafayette.
Akron Racers Draft Pick #11, Amanda Chidester, #3, third baseman, University of Michigan
Amanda Chidester and No. 21 Michigan Wolverines (42-15, 18-5 Big Ten) played Kentucky and Louisville this past weekend in the NCAA Regional. Michigan won three games out of three.
In Friday’s game Michigan beat Kentucky 3-2. On Saturday the Wolverines won 2-1 with an extra inning against No. 9 Louisville.
Michigan won Sunday’s game 4-0 against Louisville. Chidester had two hits, one walk, one RBI, and one run with zero strikeouts. Chidester was named Big Ten Player of the Year and has earned All-Big Ten honors in each of her four seasons.
Michigan Wolverines will advance to the NCAA Super Regional in Tuscaloosa next weekend against No 3. Alabama.
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Akron Racers Draft Pick #14, Alicia Herron, #24, Shortstop, Ohio State University
Alicia Herron and the Ohio State Buckeyes did not play this week.
Akron Racers Draft Pick #15, Jen Mineau, #13, Pitcher, Fordham University
Jen Mineau and the Fordham Rams did not play this week.
Akron Racers Draft Pick #19, Jamia Reid, #3, Outfielder, University of California, Berkeley
Jamia Reid and the No. 1 California Golden Bears (54-5, 21-3 Pacfic-12) played five games this past weekend in the Berkeley Regional.
In the first game the Golden Bears won 8-0 in sixth innings with a run-rule win against Iona. Reid scored one of the eight runs.
In Saturday’s game they lost to Arkansas 3-2.
The Golden Bears won 8-0 in sixth innings with a run-rule win against the Razorbacks of Boston University, eliminating them from the . Reid had two hits and one run.
The Golden Bears finished up this weekend winning both games on Sunday against Arkansas 10-2 and 7-0. Reid had three hits and two runs the first game and finished the second with two runs and two hits.
During Sunday’s first game Reid had three hits and two runs against Arkansas. The Golden Bears finished the game by the run-rule after five innings leaving the score at 10-2. California played Arkansas again, beating them 7-0. California will play Washington next weekend in the NCAA Super Regional.
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About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 11th season of play in 2012.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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